Monday, April 7, 2008

Thompson got bit

British singer-songwriter and amazing guitarist Richard Thompson is NOT coming to the Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, on April 17 at 8 p.m. for an acoustic evening.

The concert was canceled because Thompson was bit by a scorpion in Mexico, Bardavon Executive Director Chris Silva said today.

"He's OK but has to recover," Silva said.

If you bought tickets, contact the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie or by calling (845) 473-2072; at the Ulster Performing Arts Center , 601 Broadway Kingston or by calling (845) 339-6088.

You might remember Thompson from his time with Fairport Convention.

As he grew older, his music got better.

In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine listed Thompson as 19 on its list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time (the winner was Jimi Hendrix).

His work includes more than 40 albums and some of his songs have been recorded by his fans, like Bonnie Raitt, David Byrne and Elvis Costello.

He scored Werner Hertzog's 2005 documentary, "Grizzly Man."

His Web site,, will keep you busy until the concert is rescheduled.